Fort Portal, Gulu to become regional wildlife centres

A peacock. (Image: UWEC)

The Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre (UWEC) is set to establish regional model satellite wildlife centres across the country.

Mr James Musinguzi, UWEC Executive Director (ED), says the entity has collaborated with the National Forestry Authority (NFA) and allocated land in urban forest reserves to establish zoos and educate to rescue wildlife in various regions including Fort Portal, Gulu, Mbarara and Mbale.

He says a number of wildlife have been captured in those areas and concerned residents have to drive all the way to Entebbe for rehabilitation.

“We think that for us going to these areas, we shall be doing a good job in terms of conserving wildlife and avoiding human conflicts,” Mr Musinguzi says.

The ED reveals that children’s conservation centres will be established to educate children about conserving wildlife.

Mr Martin Magara, the Minister of State for Tourism, notes that if the culture of conservation is imparted to children, they will take on the good practices in the future.

“For instance, when young students go there and get to understand the importance of conservation at a young age, then we are creating people who will advocate for conservation. In the long run, the challenges of poaching will be prevented.”

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